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Dr Martin T Dinter

Dr Martin Dinter

Senior Lecturer in Latin Language & Literature

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2959
Address Department of Classics, C4 North Wing
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS




Born in Basel (CH) I was educated at the Universities of Heidelberg and Cambridge, where I worked with John Henderson on Lucan (MPhil 2002, PhD 2006). Thereafter I was lecturer at Exeter University (October 2005- August 2007) before joining KCL in 2007.  I was a FAPESP funded research fellow (2012-15) at the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). 

Research Interests and PhD supervision

I work on Latin literature where my main interest lies with Latin Epic, Latin Drama and Epigram as well as intermediality and cultural memory. My book "Anatomizing Lucan – Studies in Lucan's Epic Technique" (Ann Arbor 2012) is mainly concerned with Lucan's poetics and epic technique. My current project ("Reconsidering Cato") studies Cato's poetics and Nachleben.

In addition, I am editing the Cambridge Companion to Roman Comedy and in co-operation with Emma Buckley (St. Andrews) have edited the Blackwell Companion to the Neronian Age (Malden 2013).

I have co-organised a series of conferences on Roman Declamation ( the proceedings of which are currently being published in three volumes and am now co-organising a series of events on Roman Cultural Memory:

I am interested in supervising PhD students in:

•              Latin Literature

•              Comparative Literature

•              Intermediality

•              Cultural Memory

For more details, please see my full research profile.

Selected Publications
  • Martin Dinter, with E. Buckley (2013) 'A companion to the Neronian age'
    Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. (Blackwell companions to the ancient world).
  • Martin Dinter (2012) 'Anatomizing Civil War: Studies in Lucan's Epic Technique'. Michigan: Michigan University Press.
  • M Dinter (2011) 'Inscriptional Intermediality in Latin Elegy ', in Latin Elegy and Hellenistic Epigram: A Tale of Two Genres at Rome pp. 7-18 [Chapter]
  • Martin Dinter (2010) 'Laying down the Law – Horace’s reflection in his sententiae', in Perceptions of Horace: A Roman Poet and his Readers pp. 96-108  [Chapter]
  • Martin T Dinter (2010)  'Textual Permanence: Roman Elegists and the Epigraphical Tradition' CLASSICAL WORLD, 103 (2), pp. 262-264.  [Book Review (Print)]
  • Martin Dinter (2010) '…und es bewegt sich doch – der Automatismus des abgehackten Gliedes in Lukan', in Lucan between Epic Tradition and Aesthetic Innovation pp. 175-190  [Chapter]
  • Martin T Dinter (2009)  'Epic from Epigram: The Poetics of Valerius Flaccus Argonautica' American Journal of Philology 130 (4), pp. 533-566.
    [Article in print Journal]

For a complete list of publications, please see Dr Dinter's full research profile

To watch Martin Dinter talk about his latest volume on Neronian Rome please see the video on the Faculti website.

Expertise and Public Engagement

Martin Dinter has been a fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2008.

Teaching Development Grant for Empowering the Curriculum – Communicative Competence and the Role of Grammar

Visiting Professorships

  • NTNU Trondheim Sept. 2010 (thanks to a grant from the Norwegian research council)
  • University of Sao Paulo, Graduate School, Aug. 2012
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